Charcoal bread rolls are a really fun addition to a menu whether that is for Halloween or just for something a little different. The recipe is based on a classic olive oil loaf with the addition of activated charcoal and a few drops of black food colouring to give it a rich charcoal black colour.

charcoal bread rolls recipe

Preparation/raising Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes / Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes / Makes 20 rolls


  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 400ml hot tap water
  • 8 activated charcoal capsules
  • 5 drops black food colouring
  • 6g table salt
  • 3g caster sugar
  • 40ml olive oil


  1. In a large bowl rub the yeast through the flour to form a breadcrumb consistency.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and contents of the charcoal capsules and mix well.
  3. Add the hot water, food colouring and oil and mix into a dough.
  4. Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, then leave it to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  5. Divide the dough into 20 even round balls.
  6. Place the dough balls on two lined baking trays. Ensure there is ample space between each dough ball.
  7. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  8. Preheat your oven to 220°C fan forced.
  9. Place the rolls in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Remove for the oven and enjoy.


To check whether your bread rolls are ready tap the base of the roll, if they sound hollow the rolls are ready.